Hiring a Construction Project Manager

One of the biggest tasks of a major home renovation or home build project is actually managing the project. Building a new home, for example, requires multiple trades and what seems like an endless list of materials and supplies to get the job done. From hiring and managing companies to do the cabinets, countertop and backsplash, flooring, drywall, painting as well as hiring a plumber, electrician and in some cases even a gas fitter. Doing all of that managing yourself can be overwhelming.

If you want to do a major renovation but don’t have much experience in the construction industry, it makes good sense to hire a professional project manager. Here are some good reasons to do so:

They will manage all the trades for your project.

A professional company might have experienced carpenters and cabinet installers on staff and they already have a good relationship with other contractors and trades that will be helping to complete your project. That means you don’t have to worry about finding and hiring contractors or trades people and you can be sure the ones hired will do a good job.  They will also schedule all the contractors, ensuring they come in to do their part at the right time so the next phase of the project can move along as scheduled. Looking out for your best interest, they will manage the people working in your home and continually monitor their work.

They have extensive experience managing construction projects.

If you don’t have a lot of experience with major renovation or construction projects, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and stress hiring a professional company that does. Your project manager becomes your eyes and ears on the job-site, can quickly trouble shoot any issues and are real pros when it comes to coordinating workers and materials for renovation projects. Having an experienced and professional company on your side will help you maintain quality, move the project along smoothly and could cut costs in the end.

They will take care of all construction documents.

One of the first documents you’ll deal with when working with a construction manager is a contract. This document will lay out all of the details of your project including a schedule, showing costs including labour and materials, projected completion times and outline a payment schedule. Having this clear and concise contract allows you to see a break down of the project and will help you stay within budget. From there you will work with a design team to create a plan and design for your home remodel. Once you have the design completed and approved its time to get to work!

A construction consultant will make sure your project meets regulation and will obtain all necessary building permits and inspections. They will also deal with all of the contracts with the other trades involved. Learn more about building and renovating in BC. 

They will have the proper insurance.

Without proper insurance, you the homeowner can be liable for any damages or injuries that occur on the jobsite during your renovation project.  A general contractor and construction manager will carry this insurance. That means if a power drill accidentally gets dropped and goes through your glass table it will be covered or if a worker gets hurt in an accident you will not be liable.

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